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to a live eye in washington, d.c., this rosa parks statue. some big wigs. they have been speaking. harry reid at the podium right now. you can see off to his right before the camera panned to the audience. the president is going to be speaking as well. stay tuned. we'll be back right after this. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto-insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. >>> hundreds of undocumented immigrants held in detention centers around the country are now free. official says the unusual move is tied to this whole impending $85 billion basket of cuts coming our way on friday. all of the people released are said to be, quote, noncriminals and other low risk offenders. what's not surprising, however, republican lawmakers are livid. >> i frankly thing this is outrageous. i'm looking for more facts but
is, according to harry reid, there was a huddle but jake tapper was told that the lawmakers were told to, quote, talk solutions. that certainly would be a change. >> the president, republican and democratic leaders coming together to unveil civil rights icon rosa parks, all pulling in the same direction. the partisan tug-of-war over. >> mr. president, you honor us with your presence. thank you for being here. >> reporter: but this bipartisan moment was just that. a moment. here's the senate leaders going at it just 45 minutes earlier. >> he wasn't elected to work with the congress he want. he was elected to work with a congress he had. >> republicans are too busy fighting among themselves to unite behind a course so they are instead doing nothing. zero. >> reporter: the president did ask congressional leaders to the white house to discuss forced spending cuts for their first face-to-face meeting that republicans call devastating. but the invitation is for friday, the same day those cuts kick in. democrats came to the president's defense. why wait so long? >> well, look, it is entirely
. it looks like harry reid is going to move something february 25th. that's the best-case scenario. but if the senate doesn't move we might just have a sequester. >> that is going to spell trouble. this comes back to america's $16.5 trillion in debt. a new poll from the pew research center shows that americans want their elected officials to stop kicking the this can down the road. 72% of americans say deficit reduction should be a top priority for president and the congress, up 19 percentage points in the last four years. that ranks third, by the way, behind strengthening the economy and improving the jobs situation. i'm not sure how you prioritize these things, john, because they're all important, all crucial. you say the president the uniquely positioned to deal with the deficit, coming out as the top issue for people. why? >> absolutely. for two reasons, ali. first of all, president obama is in the sweet spot of his presidency, the moment of maximum leverage that occurs for a president right after re-election. basically around 18 months at the start of a second term where a pre
of representatives, went over to the senate and unfortunately harry reid not only didn't vote on the house version but the senate hasn't put forward its own proposal. i would encourage the president to work with harry reid and senate democrats to put forward their own alternative and hopefully go to conference and negotiate something between the house and the senate because both sides agree that it's better to use a scalpel than a hatchet. >> you're describing something there's just no way is going to be done in 48 hours so as much as you're optimistic -- >> i'm noptimistic. >> that's charming. >> chris frates with "national journal." i have a story the republican leadership wants to see if the sky falls, they will need to negotiate on sequester, if the cuts are not that bad they think they get some leverage and can roll the debate on the across-the-board spending cuts into a larger one about the debt ceiling this summer. is that a prudent way for house republicans to go forward on this, taking a wait and see? shouldn't your leaders be showing more leadership here? >> well i'm not sure that wait a
majority leader harry reid trying to break up the filibuster, scheduled to end the debate tomorrow. democrats need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. republican senator rand paul tolder inburnett he takes this is appropriate. >> if they're not going to give us the information the only way to get the information is to threaten to hold them to a higher standard of 60 votes. >> this is fairly unprecedented, a filibuster on a defense nominee, but hagel's nomination is scheduled for a vote tomorrow. >>> this just in to cnn, warren buffett is getting into the ketchup business apparently. buffe buffett's berkshire hath awaway with 3g capital are buying the ketchup maker for the low, low price of $28 billion. lot of ketchup, a big business deal. mayor michael bloomberg set to unveil his latest green initiative, a war on plastic foam. bloomberg will propose a city wide ban on plastic foam food packaging, in his final state of the city speech, part of an effort to increase the city's recycling rate. the mayor conquered transfats and is fighting against super sized sodas. >> no big shock on t
conversation with harry reid, senator reid, the majority leader the week before. our members want us to have cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next ten years. that's what we want. and that's a tall order. >> okay, so where do things stand in boehner is not meeting with democratic leaders or the president and the senate, it's about to begin debate under proposal to avert spending cuts but that's expected to go exactly nowhere. chief national correspondent john king is here, hi, john. >> carol -- >> i was going to say maybe dennis rodman should have gone to capitol hill instead of north korea. >> i know dennis rodman because i'm a basketball fan and washington is broken, i'm not sure it's quite ready for dennis rodman yet but you just heard speaker boehner that's important because he's not only talking about his broad principles but listen to what he said, in the past crises, we're having a conversation wednesday morning. in the past, six months ago, six months before that, because we keep having these if it's a friday deadline it's around wednesday morning
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